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from the Star-Tribune,
Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra have the ability to do a lot of things on the ice, including send Wild coach Jacques Lemaire to the hospital nightly with a cardiac arrest or two.
“Like you said, they were great on the offense,” a relieved Lemaire said after Saturday night’s 5-4, hold-on-for-dear-life victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. “They made good plays, they used their speed, they got great chances. I appreciate that.”
Roger Millions of Sportsnet is in Detroit today to cover the Flames/Wings game. Roger was on the pre-game radio show and the topic turned to Forsberg.
Roger feels Peter will end up in with the Ducks- somehow Burke will grab him unless the Flyers get another offer they cannot refuse.
Millions mentioned Forsberg has a home near Anaheim and that may be a selling point for him.
Forsberg did meet with Snider today, but don’t expect any news to come out of the meeting. What can the Flyers say that won’t damper their short and long term plan for him?
They are much better off keeping everything under their hat, and just pulling the trigger when a deal they like is offered. That is of course, if Forsberg will agree to waive his NTC.
from Evan Grossman at NHL.com:
Nobody gets a bigger kick out of the idea that NHL nets need to go bigger in order to improve offense than today’s equipment manufacturers. With the cutting-edge hockey gear that companies are pumping out quicker than machine gun fire, the idea of bigger targets is just laughable to these guys….
Sticks have been turned into one-piece rocket launchers. Sweaters have morphed into sophisticated, aerodynamic uniform systems that will make players faster, drier and better protected. Skates are turning into composite moon boots that will allow players to skate harder than ever before. Gloves, pads, helmets are all getting lighter and stronger, all combining to create the fastest and most powerful game ever played on ice.
This story leans heavily upon a discussion with Easton Hockey’s Ned Goldsmith. Mr. Goldsmith and I will be speaking this week for another edition of “The Gearhead.”- George
By George James Malik
The Red Wings’ open practice revealed a myriad of small details about the players’ tendencies, the team’s work ethic, and in Saturday’s case, the astonishingly long shadow cast by an injury of unknown severity, but there is one fact you must know about the Wings’ transformation from a Bowman-era team to Mike Babcock’s team, and it can be summed up in one word: crisp.
I saw two practices last season, and they were very herky-jerky in terms of pacing. Babcock had to stop his drills regularly to either explain himself again or to admonish players for their lack of hustle.
The giggling, hot-dogging, and joke-cracking that form the groundwork for any practice remain, but once Babcock, McLellan, and MacLean explained the next 90-to-180-second drill, the boys got “professional” fast. Hustle like there’s no tomorrow, skating your brains out while doing a simple cycling drill? Check. An innate understanding of not only the technical aspects of what’s being asked, but also the expectations of the coaches in terms of fit and finish? You bet.
from the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Fredrik Norrena to a multi-year contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Norrena has appeared in 33 games with Columbus this season and compiled a 14-13-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and two shutouts. He set the franchise record for longest shutout streak by a goaltender when he went 155:28 without allowing a goal from Nov. 25-Dec. 9. That span included back-to-back games in which he posted shutouts at Edmonton (21 saves, 4-0 on Dec. 2) and Colorado (42 saves, 3-0 on Dec. 5). He was acquired by the Blue Jackets, along with Fredrik Modin, from Tampa Bay on June 30, 2006, in a trade that sent Marc Denis to the Lightning.
Does this mean that Pascal LeClaire is suddenly available, or is this simply a matter of a longer apprenticeship?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ultimately, their focus isn’t years down the road anyway — it is this year and next. As a GM, Sutter signed all his most important players — including Kiprusoff, the reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender, and team captain Jarome Iginla, a former NHL scoring champion — to multi-year contracts, most of which expire at the end of the 2007-08 season. At that point, the team may find it cannot keep its core group together. So if the window is short, the Flames’ philosophy is clearly to go for it now and then let the chips fall where they may.
On paper, they probably weren’t good enough to compete with the Western Conference powerhouses a fortnight ago, when Sutter began his wheeling and dealing.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
It’s a full life, void in only respect. Therrien wants a Stanley Cup. There is a photograph in his office, of himself and J.C. Morrissette holding the Memorial Cup. A reporter pointed to it and wondered if Therrien could picture himself and Shero ...
Therrien interrupted the question.
“I will win a Stanley Cup one day,” he said. “I will. I won a Calder Cup (AHL), I won a Memorial Cup (CHL), I won President’s Cup (QMJHL). I won them all. There’s only one I need to win.
“It’s the Stanley Cup.”
more... A look at Therrien’s life and career… And to think, a month ago, some media types had him fired…
Anyone who brings up the bad NHL All-Star jerseys, just point them to this.
from Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star,
Now, reality is reality, and if the Penguins are going to move anyway, then it would be best if they moved here. But I hope that Pittsburgh works things out. And if it does work out, the NHL will owe a big favor to Kansas City. A big favor. And next year, it looks like the Nashville Predators — who have the best record in the NHL but play to empty seats every night — might flee their town.
For the record: I wouldn’t feel bad at all about stealing the Predators. Nashville doesn’t care about them anyway. Like I said, it’s confusing.
Want more trade talk… Spector has it and give the man a pat on the back, he is fighting the flu!
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